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George Smith to play out the season for the Brumbies

By 17 April 2013 2

The Courier Mail reports that the Brumbies’ legend George Smith has been secured for the rest of the season. Which was just as well considering how little game time Colby Faingaa has been getting.

AN extended clearance to play on for the ACT Brumbies should now make George Smith an irresistible target for a Wallabies comeback against the British and Irish Lions.

Smith’s Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath last night gave the crucial all-clear for the 110-Test great to be selected for the three-Test series if the Wallabies want him.

Sources indicate that the Australian Rugby Union has been playing a shrewd waiting game to see if Smith was even in the country in June-July before showing official interest in the champion flanker.

Smith, 32, was only on loan to the Brumbies until their May 31 clash against the Hurricanes before a key decision yesterday by his Japanese club shifted the goalposts radically.

Suntory told Jake White they can utilise Smith’s services until the end of Super Rugby in early August after overtures from the savvy Brumbies coach.

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2 Responses to George Smith to play out the season for the Brumbies
#1
tortfeaser3:07 pm, 17 Apr 13

Yes!

#2
JimCharles3:58 pm, 17 Apr 13

Excellent news.
Will be interesting how this pans out for the Lions tour and the Brumbies.
The news i heard was that Smith would have be “contracted” to an Australian side to be eligible for the Wallabies…not just on loan from a foreign club, however extended the lease.
Does this mean that the contract’s extended just to let him be selected for the Wallabies who are going to waive their policy, or is he only going to be playing for the Brumbies?
You wouldn’t think the Brumbies would go to all this trouble only to see Smith whipped away from them for the Internationals, unless the Wallabies have helped out with the contract loan payments.

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